After a slow start, St Vincent’s turned up the heat in the second-half of this Cork Premier IFC game at Ballyanley on Saturday, forcing Macroom into a loser’s group meeting with Glenville in round two.
Tommy Hornibrook was the hero for the victors with his brace of goals. They took the lead following his first green flag on 35 minutes and his second next five minutes from time essentially decided the outcome.
In contrast, Macroom fell away totally after the interval. They were deservedly ahead 0-5 to 0-3 at the changeover, having won much of the breaking ball around the middle through first-half dominance from Sean Kiely and Philip Corrigan.
However, they wasted possession and it was well into the second quarter before five points on the trot from Andrew Hegarty, Patrick Lucey (two), Kieran Murphy and Fintan Goold put them in a more comfortable position.
Meanwhile St Vincent’s had gone 20 minutes without a score and were thankful when Jonathan Buckley came to the rescue with a pair of crucial points to leave them with a more manageable two-point deficit at the changeover. They also lost goalkeeper Paddy O’Shea at this juncture to a leg injury. However, they restarted with confidence. Jonathan Buckley off-loaded to Stephen Ray and his release to Hornibrook was perfect as he crashed to the net.
St Vincent’s made a double substitution of John Paul Murphy and Derek O’Connor and they too left their mark. Murphy pointed a placed ball and all of a sudden the gap had widened.
They had surged 1-6 to 0-6 to the fore with Macroom getting little return up front except for a fine effort from midfielder Kiely. Nonetheless, there was hope when Lucey and Murphy cut the deficit to a point with 10 minutes remaining. But St Vincent’s finished superbly. Harte was put through by Patrick O’Sullivan and his kick flew over the bar.
Then, a vital block by wingback Christopher Kenneally in his half eventually resulted in a crucial score at the other end as Jonathan Buckley and John Paul Murphy combined to set up Hornibrook for his second goal on 55 minutes, 2-7 to 0-8.
There was no way back now for Macroom as St Vincent’s kept piling on the pressure and they were able to close out the game with two more points from Harte and Jonathan Buckley.
Macroom had to settle for a Kieran Murphy white flag and when Fintan Goold went looking for a much-needed goal there was no way through.
Scorers for St Vincent’s: T Hornibrook 2-0, J Buckley 0-4 (1f), A Harte 0-3, C Barry, J P Murphy (f) 0-1 each.
Scorers for Macroom: K Murphy, P Lucey (2fs) 0-3 each, A Hegarty, F Goold, S Kiely 0-1 each.
ST VINCENT’S: P O’Shea; W Murphy, P Aherne, D O’Regan; C Kenneally, A O’Callaghan, P Cullinane; S Ray, S Buckley; A Harte, J Buckley (capt), T O’Connell; C Barry, A Buckley, T Hornibrook.
Subs: M Smith for P O’Shea (inj. ht), D O’Connor for S Ray, J P Murphy for A Buckley (both 39), P O’Sullivan for C Barry (50).
MACROOM: J O’Connell; P Lynch, R Buckley, S Angland; G Angland, F Goold (capt), O Murphy; S Kiely, P Corrigan; A Dineen, K Murphy, A Hegarty; C O’Sullivan, J Goold, P Lucey.
Subs: D Kelly for A Dineen (39), M Cahill for O Murphy (49).
Referee: N Barrett (Carrigtwohill).
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